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How government can keep housing affordable for everyone: stop making housing more expensive and stop trying to help

Before our legislature or local governments try anything new, or tap more taxpayers dollars, they should first analyze how state and local regulations drive the costs of building and maintaining rental and other housing, especially for people who are cost sensitive: students, young people just getting a start and for low-income residents, including the elderly who are in fixed incomes....

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My productive visit to St. Cloud to talk about the refugee resettlement program

Our treatment by Congress and presidents back to George H. W. Bush has been downright shabby. The refugee resettlement program is a federal program; it was supposed to be paid for by federal tax dollars. Instead, the bulk of the funds and hard work come from state and local funds, with the burden on communities like St. Cloud. It sets people up for conflict with refugees rather than success. We must insist that Congress do its job and revisit this program....

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Minneapolis Residents Revolt Over Skyrocketing Property Valuations

Leftists often say they're happy to pay taxes. So why the outrage from hundreds of residents in the reliably one party city of Minneapolis suddenly flooding City Hall with complaints about their skyrocketing property tax assessments? The backlash caught the attention of the Star Tribune.   Concerns about unjustified real estate tax hikes have contributed to more than 1,386 property owners disputing the city’s market-price assessments, according to the city. That’s an 83 percent increase from 2017 and more than four times the number filed in 2013. Joann Greenwell, a retired Minneapolis schoolteacher, filed an appeal after the assessed value of her roughly 1,000-square-foot rambler in...

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The Star Tribune mischaracterizes Met Council compliance bill advancing in the U.S. House

"Congressional intent is that any MPO who’s structure changes in order to adhere to federal law, will be given a transition period. This amendment does not put in jeopardy any current or future federal investments or grants. In fact, my colleagues and I from Minnesota have been working with DOT to make certain our region gets the federal support we need." Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) ...

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Minnesota needs fewer rules and fees to solve its affordable housing problem, not more government spending

The 'affordable housing crisis' in Minnesota is a creation of state and local government. The solution is not to have them intervene more, as Governor Dayton proposes to do with his proposal to spend $100 million on affordable housing statewide, but to have them get out of the way. It is the regulations and fees imposed by these people that have created the problem. Stop imposing them. Get rid of the impositions that there are. Pursue a solution that actually deals with the causes of the problem. ...

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Met Council: If it is such a great regional model, why is it the only one after 50 years?

Mondale has thrown down the legislative gauntlet, again. While annoying and not correct that the Council is acting under actual authority, he is correct that the legislature created the creature that is the Council and the legislature must take it out, breaking it up into its constituent parts and spinning them off where they can do more good and no harm. Will the 2018 Legislature take him up the dare? ...

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Fighting for the American Dream in D.C.

DFL Governor Mark Dayton’s plan, like many “blue state” governors, uses “transit oriented development” or TOD, to pull money out of the suburbs and greater Minnesota to fund and re-enforce a city centric power model. That model shifts how and where people live, and how they get around, to change the political landscape in favor of left-wing control of local and state government. ...

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I’d be dancing, too (if I lived in a luxury loft subsidized by taxpayers).

Star Tribune photo by Jeff Wheeler

The A-Mill Artists Lofts, located along the Mississippi River, are a special “affordable housing” project of the Metropolitan Council, City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, et. al. The project is subsidized with taxes and grants, the below-market rate rents are tied to a certain income and reserved for people who are “committed” to being an artist. Anyone who voted to spend tax dollars on this project ought to be banned from public life. ...

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